Everything You Need to Know About the ViacomCBS Merger

  • Variety
Some sighs of relief are emerging internally, now that the long-anticipated Viacom-CBS merger has been formalized, but a number of questions loom large as some things remain in flux and the two entertainment giants prepare to become one by year’s end.

Here’s a comprehensive look at what comes next for ViacomCBS.

What kind of executive shuffling is ahead?

Viacom head Bob Bakish has stepped into the role of CEO of the combined ViacomCBS, and Joe Ianniello — once an odd man out — will lead CBS as chairman-ceo; that much is obvious. (Read their internal memos to their respective companies.)

But now that CBS’ cable operations — Showtime, Pop TV and Smithsonian Channel — are now under Bakish’s command, where does that leave other high-level execs such as Showtime chairman-turned-cbs chief creative officer David Nevins, Smithsonian Channel head Tom Hayden and Pop pres Brad Schwartz?

For now, it’s business as usual,
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